Bethlehem, Pa. - September 29, 2018 - The Springfield College men's cross country team put forth an impressive effort at the Paul Short Run on Saturday afternoon, as the Pride placed eighth overall out of 36 teams at the Goodman Campus Cross Country Course on the campus of Lehigh University. The maroon and white was the second-place team from the New England region, only trailing Coast Guard, which took second overall. As a team, the Pride moved up 11 spots at the finish as it sat in 19th after one mile.
The Paul Short Run is the largest intercollegiate cross country meet in the nation with approximately 6,000 athletes from nearly 450 colleges and high schools slated that competed this year. The day-long event includes 14 races (six college, six high school and two open races) beginning at 9:30 a.m. with the men's open race and concludes with the girls' high school JV race at 5:45 p.m.
Graduate student Jack Pinho (Prospect, Conn.) led the way for the Pride as he moved up three spots in the last mile and notched a time of 26:50 to place 16th overall, while he was followed by Tyler Cronin (Melrose, Mass.), who clocked in at 27:54. Sophomore Ryan Vermette (Nashua, N.H.) was nothing short of impressive for the maroon and white as he moved from 118th to 64th place and posted a time of 27:58, while he was followed by freshman Russell Allen (Auburn, Maine), who crossed in 28:17.
Rounding out the top seven for Springfield College was Chris Tringali (Millville, Mass.), who posted a time of 28:20, Cormac Tolan (Greenville, N.Y.) who clocked in at 28:57 and JT McMillen (Dunellen, N.J.) who finished with a time of 29:03.
Up next, Springfield College will compete in the James Earley Invitational, which will be hosted on the campus of Westfield State University on Saturday, October 6.